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Old March 12th, 2007, 03:40 PM
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Mantec Spare Carrier Install

I'm installing my long overdue Mantec spare carrier and I've noticed that several of the holes on the plate that mounts outside the door and holds the piston that the carrier articulates on do not perfectly match the holes of the plate that was originally mounted there to carry the spare. As far as I can tell there's only one possible orientation for this plate based on the instructions, however, before I slot the holes in the plate to match the ones already drilled in the door I thought I'd check to see if I could be doing missing something here.

Any thoughts from those of you who've already performed this upgrade would be great!

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Old March 12th, 2007, 04:11 PM
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The plate should mount directly to the holes left from the OEM carrier, but the holes where the piston is affixed should be drilled.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 04:31 PM
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Yeah, that's what I thought, but the 4 holes on the left and right sides aren't quite there. Not an insurmountable issue, but a little PITA.

I just took this pic for illustration.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 05:32 PM
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Is it possible if you loosen the screws to slide it up into place?
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Old March 12th, 2007, 05:55 PM
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Negatory--tried that and I end up with a bunch of bolts that are sitting at an angle. I just slotted those four holes in the plate. The three central holes lines up perfectly and the position of one of the piston holes place the bolt directly in the center of on of the OE wheel stud holes, so the plate is in the right position.

All done now. Just getting ready to install the spare wheel. Thanks for the responses though. I rarely expect anything to go exactly as described in a set of instructions (when the parts even come with them) with my Rovers!
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One more question afterall...

I did have one more question on this: Both the top and bottom hinge come with a large steel washer (#21 in the picture) that is supposed to insert between the carrier and the hinge (1 each). Does the washer go on the top or the bottom of each hinge? The instructions don't illustrate the correct placement very well.

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Old March 13th, 2007, 12:42 PM
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Hello Devin,
I went thru all this last year...
I placed washers down.
I change all hardware to stainless steel (bolts, nuts, washers, nut plates, etc...)
Also made a long separator for the longest bolt of the lower bracket (to be placed
beetween sides of rear crossmember).
I'm planning to add a couple of greasers for hinges.

It's a great tire carrier, very well designed, just have to tweak it a little...
Let me know if you need pics or something else.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 12:48 PM
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Thanks, Julien. That's where I put them, but I wan't confident that I had positioned them correctly.

By the way, my kit came with a spacer for inside the crossmember for the longest bolt on the lower hinge mount, so they must have figured that out, too.
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